The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey

The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. After a hectic festive period, my friend and I decided to unwind with a short break at the Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa. This luxurious, country house hotel has been a landmark of the village of Bolton Abbey since the early 17th century. The former …

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Day 3. A fun visit to the Vilnius Museum of Illusions and dinner at Senoji Trobele

We started the day with a visit to the Museum of Illusions on the edge of the old town. The museum is open daily from 9.00 a.m.- 9.00 p.m. with adult entrance tickets €10 (£8.73) and free for accompanied children under the age of 7. Please note that this museum is not included in the …

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Day 1. Our first day in Vilnius, Lithuania and dinner at Mykolo 4

We'd noticed that Ryanair operated flights to Vilnius from our local airport so we couldn't resist the temptation of arranging a first visit to Lithuania.  The flight schedule was quite good with our outbound flight departing Leeds-Bradford airport at 4.00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon and returning late evening on a Tuesday, giving us four …

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Day 13. A day trip from Stockholm to Uppsala

An early start to the day and a chance to see a little more of Sweden by visiting Uppsala, Sweden's 4th largest city. Getting there was quick and easy as we took a bus to Odenplan station where we had been the previous evening. From there, we connected to a train to Uppsala. At the …

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Day 12. More sightseeing in Stockholm

We'd decided to spend the morning exploring the Östermalm district and had read about its famous old market hall which has been in existence since 1888. It's currently being renovated and until it's completion in summer 2019 the market has moved to temporary premises nearby. It was only a short walk from the metro to …

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Day 3. Re-living my youth at ABBA The Museum, Stockholm

After a leisurely breakfast of yoghurt, eggs, toast and marmalade sat at the table in our cosy studio flat in Solna, we wandered down the hill and caught a blue line metro to Kungsträdgården from where we transferred to a 67 bus to Djurgården as the metro does not connect with this island. In the …

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Day 1. My journey to Tampere, Finland

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog may already be aware that recently I won an international blog contest organised by Talent Tampere a division of Business Tampere which links companies with internationals and their networks.  My prize was a four day visit to Tampere, Finland's third largest city to explore the international …

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Day 2. Exploring Tampere and meeting the Moomins

I wish all mornings could start like this, waking in my luxurious suite at the Lapland Hotels Tampere and then enjoying a delicious breakfast in the hotel's Dabbal restaurant. The dining area oozes Nordic charm having Lapland styled furnishings such as reindeer rugs and antler horns. The buffet breakfast included several Lapland delicacies such as …

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Day 3. Exploring the international aspects of Tampere

After sampling more Lapland delicacies at breakfast, I donned my boots and warm coat and walked across town with Maiju, my host from Talent Tampere. The conditions were perfect for walking, the snow being crisp underfoot with no dangerous icy patches to contend with. Our first destination of the day was at Crazy Town which …

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Day 1. A winter break in Bolton Abbey

The Yorkshire Dales offers some beautiful scenery and walking trails so we packed our walking boots and set off bright and early one late January morning for an overnight visit.  We decided to stay in Bolton Abbey nestled in the heart of Wharfedale.  It's a picturesque village located between Skipton and Harrogate in North Yorkshire. …

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